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like to go through a presidential campaign, cindy mccain. "ac 360" starts now. it is 10:00 here on the east coast and we begin with mortisers abandoning rush limbaugh and limbaugh's latest explanation of why he labeled a georgetown university law student, a slut and a prostitute. today despite an apology the list of departing sponsors grew, now stands at 12. saturday on his website limbaugh wrote the following. i chose the wrong words in my natural gy of the situation. i did not mean a personal attack on ms. fluke. he goes on to say i think it's absolutely absurd during these very serious personal times we're discussing personal recreational sexual activities before members of congress. i do not agree members of america should pay for social activities. my choice of words were not the best, and he attempted to be humorous. i sincere yes apologize for the insulting word choices.
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today limbaugh suggested the point he was making was right even though he used the wrong words to make it. >> the apology to her over the weekend was sincere. it was simply for using inappropriate words in a way i never do. and in so doing i became, like the people we oppose. i ended up descending to their level. it's important not to be like them, ever. particularly in fighting them. the old saw, you never descend to the level of your opponent or they win. that was my error. last week. but the apology was heartfelt. the apology was sincere. >> that's of course up to you to decide. keeping hip honest, in his apology limbaugh mischaracterized what the student was saying in her testimony. she wasn't calling on taxpayers to pay for social activities. she was calling on the federal
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government to require that private health insurance cover birth control pills. furthermore, she wasn't talking about this to allow for sexual activity in her testimony to congressional democrats. she was talking about how important she thinks access to birth control pills are for women with a variety of medical conditions. now, in his original comments mr. limbaugh made it sound like she was talking about promiscuity. he chose to paint her as a sex addict who wants to sleep around at taxpayer expense. >> what does it say about the college coed susan fluke who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex. what does that make her? it makes her a slut, right? it makes her a prostitute. she wants to be paid to have sex. having so much second she can't afford the contraception. she wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. >> he said that on wednesday. thursday, he said this.
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>> so ms. fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here's the deal. if we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. and i'll tell you what it is. we want you to post the videos online so we can all watch. >> that's rush limbaugh's portrait of sand dra fluke and other women advocating mandated birth control coverage. takes the pill for reasons totally unrelated to birth control. >> after months of paying over $100 out of pocket, she just couldn't afford her medication any more. and she had to stop taking it. without her taking the birth control, a massive cyst the size of a tennis ball had grown on her ovary. she had to have surgery to remove her entire ovary as a result. >> the pill she says might have prevented that, and in fact oral contraceptives are prescribed
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for many other medical conditions, from uterine bleeding to ovarian diseases to disfiguring acne. that's why she said she's for a federal mandate, that institutions offering health insurance must include birth control pills in the coverage. this is something 28 states must do. it's not as mr. limbaugh suggested a taxpayer subsidy to have sex. gop candidates weighing in or trying to avoid the question. on friday and over the weekend democrats taking umbrage and president obama reaching out to her. i talked about it shortly before air time with david axelrod, senior strategist for the obama 2012 campaign. rush limbaugh made the point the president's approval ratings have been sliding among women and he raised this issue to try to score himself some political points. what's your response? >> i guess rush was in collusion with us by being vile and inappropriate in his comments. i mean, no, that's ridiculous. if rush has any concerns about
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this, he ought to look in the mirror because this was a -- this was an event of his own making. the president sought to comfort a young woman who had been vilified nationally for speaking her mind on a matter of importance to her. rush distorted what he was saying and he called her horrible names. and in so doing he slandered not just her but all the women of america. so i think it was entirely appropriate for the president to offer support for that young woman, even if rush doesn't like it. >> it is unusual though for a president of the united states to reach out to an individual like this. i mean, are you really saying politics had nothing to do with it? >> it's also unusual for someone with a large audience to vilify an american, a young american, speaking out as she did. so there's a lot about this that was unusual. i thought it was unusual that so many leaders on the other side of this debate in terms of the
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political debate took a pass on this whole thing, a powder on this whole thing. everyone should have stood up and said this was inappropriate, as apparently many of rush's advertisers now have said it was inappropriate. i was kind of shocked, anderson, when governor romney, all he had to say is that isn't language i would have used. what about the spirit of what was said? i thought this was a cowardly answer, it was a test of leadership and one that he failed. >> there are conservatives who said, there are people hot left, satirists, comedians, entertainers on the left who have said extreme things as well, yet there's not a call for politicians on the left to distance themselves from them. >> let me just say there's been a coarsening of our politics from left to right. i don't excuse anybody's inappropriate and intemperate, in this case vile, language. whether it's aimed at someone on the left, right, middle. in this case, it was
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particularly egregious because it was a young woman who wasn't even in politics, just a kwung lah student expressing herself in a public forum. so i don't excuse any of it. i will say this, there are very few entertainers who swing the weight rush limbaugh does in the republican party. i think one of the reasons why governor romney and others were so timid in speaking out is rush is the de facto leader of the republican party. to take him on would be to risk your own standing wind the party. and so that separates him from the others. >> do you think this is something that does have political benefit for the president, that brings out women to vote, brings out people to president obama's side? >> you know, i don't know the answer to that, anderson. and we're a long way from an election. i think more than anything else, what it did was underscore, a, that our politics is too coarse
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and that we ought to be thoughtful about the language that we use in the public square. but it also creates a -- an environment in which public policy debates go into a completely inappropriate realm. i think we ought to push back on that. we'll see. i mean, i think the one political dimension of this is that some folks are willing to stand up and say, this was wrong, just flat-out wrong, and i applaud those who did on both -- in both parties. then there are some who were timid and walk ad way and i think that was a little window into what kind of leaders they would be. >> i want to ask you about what mitt romney said today. >> mr. president, one more thing. why didn't you call me when you were working on this thing? why didn't you pick up the phone and say, is what you're doing in massachusetts a good model for the nation? i would have said, no, no, what you're doing is wrong, it's going to make a mess. >> there was a recent "usa today"/gallup poll that found a
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clear majority of voters from battleground states called the health care passage a bad thing. how does the president overcome that between now and november? >> now that you mention "usa today," in 2009 governor romney wrote an op said in "usa today" publicly recommending that the president pattern his health care plan on the plan in massachusetts, including the mandate that is the subject of some controversy. that was his proposal. he made it publicly. the president didn't need to call him because he made his opinion known in the public square. we also used many of the same advisers who helped fashion that program in massachusetts, which by the way governor romney should feel proud about. i don't know why he runs away from that. that was probably his singular achievement as governor of massachusetts, in terms of the polling, i must say that same "usa today" poll was the one poll out of perhaps 20 in that period of time that suggested governor romney was in the lead. so i think -- i'm hesitant to
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comment on numbers within that poll. the president always knew that health care reform was a difficult political issue. here's the reality of it. today, 2.5 million young people up to ages 26 are covered on their parents' insurance because of this health care plan. 105 million americans now don't have a lifetime cap on their insurance. so that if they get sick, they won't get thrown off of their insurance. 17 million kids no longer can be excluded simply because they have a pre-existing condition. and these are just some of the benefits that have already accrued to the american people because of this health care plan. if the republican nominee wants to argue that we should take those away, we say let's have that debate right now. >> appreciate your time, david, thank you. one last note, for fairness we invited rush limbaugh to come on the program, give us his side of the birth control issue, we didn't hear back. let us hear what you think.
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the highest stakes yet for the four republicans. a super tuesday preview. we have new polling tonight. will there be any surprises? we'll get our panel's prediction. john mccain calling for u.s. air strikes against syria. what the syrian regime is saying now, trying to discredit the activists. they have called me lots of things. a zionist, mossad, uk intelligence, now cnn journalist. i mean, let me explain something. our syrian government and the syrian tv is untrustable. >> we'll show you what syrian state tv is saying about him and his explanation. the latest tonight from the tornado zone. new video coming in taken by people staring death in the face. a little girl's story being told. story of a miracle that sadly almost was. >> announcer: with nothing but his computer, an identity thief is able to use your information to open a bank account in order
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ten states, one day, at least two presidential campaigns on the line. perhaps one last chance for another. tomorrow is super tuesday. tonight, new cnn/orc polling shows a romney/santorum tie in the state of ohio which is crucial for senator santorum, certainly. georgia is gingrich country.
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he's outpolling governor romney by nearly 2-1. hoping his old home state will reignite his candidacy. >> anderson, we enter super tuesday with governor romney starting to fill in the map with romney red. these ten states what that are not filled in, those are the battle grounds on super tuesday. let's use red to circle the states romney expects to win, vermont and massachusetts. he expects to win virginia. he expects to quinn out in idaho. there's one, two, three, four. those are the ones they expect to win. here are the ones they think they might win. north dakota, ron paul the main competition there. they think they have a chance in tennessee. that was a surprise. this is the biggest battleground, the contested prize of ohio. imagine if ramny could do that, win six out of ten. they think five out of ten is a very good possibility. the question is what would an impact like that, a big super tuesday impact for governor romney have on the race? you need 1144 to clinch the
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nomination. romney as not close at a little over 200 but well ahead of everybody else. senator santorum the closest one. bang. i gave him north dakota here. gave him ohio here. santorum gets tennessee. if that's the scenario, gingrich wins only georgia, ron paul wins alaska. here's roughly where you'd be in the delegate projection. romney over 400, well ahead of any rival. again a long way to go but what a convincing lead that would be. what if this happened, for example? say ron paul picked up north dakota. switch that over there. let's say romney came back and took tennessee. switch that here. then you'd have a race that looked something like this. romney pulls up even more. gingrich at that point would be in second place because of his georgia win on super tuesday. either way you shake it up the possibility heads that we end super tuesday with romney above 400 and no one else even close to 200. that is the big romney super tuesday strategy. they hope to come out, they know they'll be far from the finish
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line. they think they can be prohibitible ahead of everybody else. >> john, thanks very much. let's check in with the raw politics. cornell, rich galen, and gloria boreger. ohio the big surprise. in terms of a general election bellwether how critical is it for mitt romney to pull off a win there? >> i think he needs to pull off a win-win there and he needs to pull off a win there. the problem is he's not able to pull off a big win in any of those states. when you get inside the cnn polling the same story we've been seeing state to state is also we're seeing it in a critical state like ohio where he's doing better with upscale voters, santorum with blue collar voters, and santorum is doing much better with evangelical and very conservative voters. which makes you understand why, you know, the mitt romney campaign won't allow an ounce or inch of light between santorum or gingrich and the issues because it opens them up to a
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contrast, a very conservative contrast, which will hurt him. which makes for ugly politics because it looks like he's flip-flopping. in this case, flip-flopping is the lesser of evils than being opened up to a conservative contrast that could hurt him in the primary. >> rich, i mean, used to be super tuesday, afterward that was sort of a defining night. do you see anybody dropping out after this super tuesday? >> i don't think so. for starters it's a semi super tuesday. last cycle on the republican side, there were 21 states on super tuesday. on the democratic side, 23. and it's interesting to note that mccain only won nine of those 21 states on the republican side. he won the lion's share of delegates, though. no, i don't think anybody will drop out. i do think though, first of all, i think if you look at the arc of the polling, although the cnn/orc poll showed a tie today, if you look at kind of the tracking amongst all the polling this is really pretty significant romney movement from last tuesday or wednesday till
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today. so i'm not convinced it's going to be this nail-biter that we're trying to sell. >> gloria? >> well, i don't know that it's going to be a nate-biter but i think what we could say by tomorrow night is that we're seeing the beginning of the end. of the process. i don't think there's a lot of incentive for people to drop out. so long as they've got these super pacs who are willing to find them. by the way who ever thought that the true beneficiary of super pacs would be barack obama. but he is. and i don't think, you know -- i don't think you're going to see somebody rush to drop out, but i would argue that even if newt gingrich does win georgia, if mitt romney wins over half the delegates tomorrow night, and you've already seen a bunch of prominent conservatives starting to endorse him, that you're going to see that sort of mood of inevitability take over. and that the romney bandwagon will get a lot of steam. >> can i a little contrarian? this whole long process, i'm not sure that it matters -- i mean,
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romney's as good a candidate as he's going to be. he's been at this another 5 1/2 years, another two or three months isn't going to make. >> i hope you're right. >> here's what i do think. if romney had won south carolina, then florida, and it was over by nevada, let's say, then i think the conservative wing of the republican party would have felt cheated that they didn't have a fair shot, that he was so well-funded, so well-organized, that they never really got their say. this thing going on through super tuesday and maybe on for another three or four weeks, everybody gets to say, okay, we didn't get there, but we had our shot, now let's get in behind. >> everybody has certainly had their say, debate after debate. it's been fascinating. cornell, rich, gloria, thanks very much. just ahead, senator john mccain calling for air strikes in syria. also the syrian regime's new attack against an activist who's been making videos on youtube saying he is manipulating reality. >> we never manipulate. we've got thousands of youtube films out on youtube. why would we have to manipulate anything?
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you can see all the rockets landing. you can see all the murders going on. why would we have to manipulate anything? >> keeping them honest. more from the activist danny ahead. investigation of a murder in texas taking a surprising turn. why police say the iranian regime might be involved in the killing of this young woman. [ male announcer ] the cadillac cts sport sedan was designed with near-perfect weight balance from front to back... and back to front. ♪ giving you exceptional control from left to right... and right to left. ♪ the cadillac cts. ♪ we don't just make luxury cars.
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at least 19 people were killed today in syria, including a 14-year-old child gunned down by sniper fire. that's according to an opposition group which also said the syrian regime has arrested
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hundreds of civilians in the last two days. obviously we can't independently confirm the report because they won't allow us into the country. today senator john mccain called for the united states to lead air strikes to stop the killing in syria. >> the time is running out. assad's forces or the march. providing military assistance to the free syrian army and other opposition groups is necessary. but at this late hour, that alone will not be sufficient to stop the slaughter and save innocent lives. the only realistic way to do so is with foreign air power. >> mccain wants to create safe havens for the opposition and delivery of weapons and humanitarian aid. syria's leaders have told the world they're targeting armed terrorists. it's a story we've challenged with facts over and over in the last year. tonight syria continues to lie to the world. this time it's claiming an activist, this man there, who we've had on this program many types, secretly works for cnn,
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that we're paying him. keeping them honest, he does not. his name is danny. he's not a journalist at all, he was in homs at great risk to his safety broadcast many images there, put them on youtube. in this clip he's in a neighborhood in homs. we've had to rely on videos by activists and citizens put on youtube because the syrian government has repeatedly refused to allow journalists to the front lines in syria. some have snuck into the besieged city of homs. last week i talked to a photographer who was with a journalist, marie colvin, when she was killed in homs. he's now safe. i asked him how the violence he saw firsthand in syria compares with everything else he's seen in his many years covering wars as a photographer with the "sunday times." >> i would say quite categorically that's the most ferocious, most ferocious, vicious, and unnecessary that i
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had seen. and there are actually no military targets. all of the intense shelling is directed at the civilian population. it's quite a unique situation. >> is it even a war? i mean, is it accurate to call it that? >> no. i think it would be wrong to call it a war. this is -- this is i think a siege and slaughter. i would hesitate to use the word war. >> slaughter? >> syria says it's not targeting civilians, only armed terrorists. we're calling danny, who we've spraud, saying he's making things up. i asked danny about the latest claims made against him on state tv. syrian state tefg as you know is now airing excerpts of this video of you that was shot, i'm not sure how they got this video, do you know how they got it? did they intercept it? >> while i was trying to talk to cnn, i was online for 20 minutes
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so it's love broadcast. i don't know how they got it. this is all private. we should have -- this has all been deleted. we have to delete all this stuff. what they did do, i waited for 20 minutes exactly. they said i waited about two hours. most of the talk, i was talking in arabic, they made it into weapon talk and that kind of stuff. >> i want to ask you specifics. they say the truth of danny the zionist, that's the title. it's obviously heavily edited. they say at one point, i'm going to show this, that you were saying, get the target ready to shoot, no, no, shoot it like i'm telling you. take a look. the banner says, notice the sound of an explosion after he gave the order. they're making it seem like you were fabricating the sound of explosions. >> yes, okay. if you exactly watch, it was about six minutes i was talking on cnn that time. there was no shooting going on
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at the time. if i was telling them to shoot so i could make it look like there's a war going on, there would be shooting in the back, on the back sound while i was talking to you, which there weren't. >> they're saying the sound of the bang is the sound of you faking a shot. >> that was way long ago. at the time the area i was sitting in wasn't even being hit, they were hitting another area as i told you, about 15 kilometers away from where i am. >> you said you had left, i believe in the video, you and i are about to talk in this video, you said you had left the area that was being under attack. >> right, i left it -- i said i had tried to go there, i said two hours ago. we had to leave. sure enough, way out of the way, no one could get in there. >> i want to play another part of their tape. your cameraman is saying there, say there shells fell and we were pulling bodies. let's take a look. >> the banner there says, even
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the cameraman is lying. what was happening there? >> look, as any journalist works, as anyone is trying to work, not just me, all the reporters inside, they'll tell us, you have to say there. i don't know everything that's going on in there. they get the information, how many people have been killed? i'm not really a reporter. they remind me, don't forget to say this. tell them we have people dead, people underneath the destruction, so i don't forget. >> they also say that you are -- basically have been paid by cnn. >> yeah. >> that's categorically untrue. just for the record. >> of course. >> have you ever worked for cnn? have you ever received money from cnn? >> i have not received one penny from cnn, i am not a cnn journalist. they have called lots of things. zionist, mow sad, uk intelligence, now cnn journalist. let me explain something. our syrian government and syrian tv is untrustable. >> you've been up front, you went there to join the free syrian army, you wanted to join. >> yes.
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>> you're not pretending to be an impartial journalist? >> no. i want to join the free syrian army to protect my country. >> bottom line, to go back to when they say that you were manipulating the sounds on the tape, that you were trying to make it sound like gunfire, rocket fire? >> we never manipulate. we've got thousands of youtube films on youtube, why would we have to manipulate something? you can see rockets landing, murders going on, why would we have to manipulate in example? >> one of the frustrating things as a reporter, we blame the syrian regime, we've repeatedly tried to go to homs, to get into syria, to get visas, they repeatedly refusing. unlike in many conflicts we've ended up relying on people like you, people who have uploaded videos, and we can't independently verify them. the reason we are relying on videos is because of the syrian regime's refusal to allow
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outside reporters in. >> if i can get this point out. if we are actually doing all these killings, if we are lying, us revolutionary people, we want cnn to come in. we want bbc to come in. who's not allowing them to come in? us or the regime? who's hiding the secrets? who's not allowing the secrets to come out of the country? we want you to come in, we want the secrets out. >> in the end the foreign-funded danny left syria to enjoy the wealth he gathered from the wealth of syrians. that's got to be particularly insult is. >> i haven't got any money. we're refugees living outside of syria. what wealth? my uncle's sending us money. we're living in a house we rented and he's paying for it. we're refugees. like lots of people who left the country. i want to clarify. i want the world to know this. the government would attack anyone trying to get the truth out. they're told al jazeera is sending pills, drugs with al jazeera on them so they can make
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us high and go demonstrate. they'll start saying cnn is sending pills with cnn written on them. the government will attack anyone, any person trying to get the truth out. >> john mccain called on the u.s. to lead an international effort for air strikes. >> i wanted to get this message out a long time ago. all european countries and arab countries. you're either going to help us or you're not. we're stuck in the middle. they're always saying we're going to do this, and no we're not. either tell us you're going to help us or say, you're on your own. let us know what we're going to do. we're going to die or you're going to help us. stop saying, we're going to do this, that. let us know what we're going to do. >> danny, appreciate you talking to us, thanks. >> you're very welcome. >> the biggest tack the syrian state tv is claiming besides the lie danny works for cnn is he was faking the sound of gunfire or shell frrg you look at the interview we did, that we aired on cnn with him that night, you
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don't hear gunfire in the background. we went back, watched the interview, he's correct, there is no firing in the background. the only thing you hear is the sound of a loud speaker from a nearby mosque. if he was going to fake the sound of gunfire or artillery shells as they're claiming you'd think the time to do that is when we were actually on the air. that simply did not happen. coming up, the murder of a young iranian woman in texas. why police are not ruling out possibility the iranian government may have had a hand in her death. also a tragedy in indiana. a family of five wiped out by a tornado. you'll hear from a man who tried to help them. >> i just saw death right there, i knew we were done at that moment. >> you saw death? >> at that moment i knew it was over. ttd# 1-800-345-2550
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the white house says president obama has reiterated to israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu he supports dip plome yes backed by pressure to keep iran from getting a nuclear weapon. to talk about iran's nuclear program and other middle east issues, the president says both he and netanyahu would prefer a diplomatic solution, military force is still an option. police in texas search for answers in the killing of an iranian student found shot in her car in january. houston police doubled the reward for information about the murder of a 30-year-old woman active in a local group which
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demonstrates for human rights in her native country iran. police are going on the record saying they're not ruling out possibility iran itself could be behind the murder of the young woman. rein cnn's you griffin has the story. >> reporter: she was on the streets protesting with the grube saabs houston together doing what they could do to show support for their brothers and sisters suffering in iran. >> that's why we gather here, to just be their voice here and show them that we are together and they're not alone. >> reporter: she wasn't scared to show her face but wouldn't give her last name to reporters for fear, she said, of retaliation. less than two years later, she's dead in what appears to be an assassination-style murder that no one can explain. it was late sunday night, january 15th. police say she was on the phone with an ex-boyfriend when she turned into this townhouse
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complex not far from where she lived with her parents. the boyfriend told police he heard a loud thud, screeching, then silence. her car was found here, wedged up against this driveway. the engine, on the wheels still spinning. and there she was, slumped over the steering wheel with a single gunshot wound to the head. as if someone were laying in wait. >> the evidence indicated she had been shot through the passenger side window. she was shot one time. and autopsy revealed that she was shot in the head. >> reporter: police have no leads. they have gone public asking for help. but have found no one who would have wanted to kill her. and with nothing stolen or missing, they've even ruled out a random robbery. and now they are even willing to say they are not ruling out the possibility iran itself could be behind the killing.
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>> because of the obvious reasons. we're exploring those issues, that she was advocating. >> two years ago, cnn reported on what local police said was iranian involvement into the attempted assassination of an iranian dissident broadcaster in california. since then, the u.s. has formally accused iran of being behind a plot to kill the saudi ambassador to the united states. but friends of galera says it makes no sense iran would target a 30-year-old student in houston who just held up signs on an american street corner. >> there are many more important opposition leaders. there are groups who have their own tv stations, there are groups who lobby in washington, d.c. there are groups who actually plot in iran to do different things. not us. why us? >> reporter: fred burton, a former state department counterterrorism expert who has investigated iranian sa assassinations, says iran's
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intelligence, like its government, works in secretive ways with motives that aren't always so clear. >> whether or not she was perhaps more important perception-wise than perhaps her friends knew to that kind of organization. >> reporter: burton says he has no direct knowledge of her past but says an iranian born in paris, moving to houston, and taking part in protests, who turns up unexpectedly murdered, may have unexpected du eed ties could have made her a target. >> you have a 30-year-old female that has traveled out of iran, spent time in europe -- paris, for example. what has she been doing? was she more active overseas, for example, than we understand here? the iranians have a very strong network, the iranian intelligence service is ares have a very strong collection network in paris specifically, trying to keep tabs on all their dissidents. >> houston police admit they are stuck and will follow any lead,
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even those involving iranian conspiracies, if it will lead to the killer. >> drew, she did have ex-boyfriends, one of them talking to her by cell phone when she was killed. do police think there could be a motive there? >> they've ruled them out and police have told us they checked out and ruled out several other people close to her. she had no real enemies and as far as we're told, no threats. >> and despite the mystery, her frie friends in houston are convinced iran was not involved. why? >> you know, to be blunt, they think she was really just small potatoes. when they were on the street in houston protesting against the iranian regime, she kind of was prominently pictured and stuck out because she was pretty, she was willing to talk to people. but her friends say she wasn't an organizer, didn't really have any hatred for iran's rulers, just a person showing support for the green movement. they said it would be a real stretch anyone in iran would have even noticed her. >> interesting. drew, appreciate it, thanks.
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still ahead, new video. some of friday's monster tornados, just how terrifying it was, the videos show. the death toll has climbed to at least 40. angel babcock is one of the littlest victims, just 14 months old. she somehow survived the twister that killed her parents and her siblings. what seemed like a miracle has ended in more sorrow. constipati. that's why i take colace®. [ male announcer ] for occasional constipation associated with certain medical conditions, there's colace® capsules. colace® softens the stool and helps eliminate the need to strain. stimulant-free, comfortable relief. no wonder more doctors recommend it. say yes to colace®! [ male announcer ] we're giving away fifty-thousand dollars worth of prizes! enter weekly to win! go to colacecomfort.com to enter!
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tornados. the twister is one of two tornados that hit henrieville, one with winds up to 200 miles an hour, part of a deadly storm system that spawned storms. at least 40 were killed. angel babcock, just 14 months old, she was found in a field barely alive. her parents, her two siblings, died in the storm. over the weekend angel's extended family had to make an excruciating decision to take the toddler off life support. >> my pastor was going to go with me. we were going to pray there, and i'm going to tell that little girl that -- i'm going to tell her that it -- it's time for her to meet her mommy and daddy. >> entire family gone. five loved ones all gone. here's susan candiotti.
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>> it's coming down now! >> i've isn't ever going to be the same for me again. >> reporter: how could life be the same for jason miller after being the sole survivor of a tornado, that twister that sucked him sky-high and killed a family of five he was trying to protect, including 14-month-old angel, her 2-year-old brother, and 2-month-old sister. when he spotted the tornado outside, he had seconds to react. >> i had already grabbed the little girl and she had -- the car seat, i told her, run for the house. i just saw death right there. i knew we were done at that moment. >> reporter: you saw death? >> at that moment i knew it was over. >> reporter: jason miller convinced the family of five to get out of their smaller trailer and hunker down with him in his double-wide. they crouched down on the floor in the center of the trailer as the tornado got closer and closer. >> angel was sitting there. i put my arm kind of over angel and got her to get down.
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i was like, down. the house got grabbed. it was just like a strong wrench on the house. it started to turn. all of a sudden just pop! it popped loose. and it was just -- it was amazing, like unbelievable. >> reporter: the house got sucked into the air and so did miller. he blacked out. >> i actually didn't open my eyes and came to while i was in the air at one point. i don't know how high we were. but we did fly up over a saw mill, 300, 400 yards when i landed. when i opened my eyes the only thing i could see was debris, pieces of wood churning around me. i remember looking down thinking, at least -- that's at least 50 feet, i don't know how i'm going to get down. >> reporter: he landed in a gravel yard at saw mill about 100 yards away next to a field. people started looking for survivors. >> the man and woman was laying right here behind the saw mill. and all three of the kids was found right in this area. >> reporter: right in the field. one of the babies was still in a car seat, a baby seat?
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>> yes. i don't know what to say, you know. just -- it's devastating. >> reporter: also devastating for jason miller, who keeps thinking about the babcocks and their children. he wonders if he could have done more. >> i called them over to get killed in my house and there's part of me that at first it's just very hard to -- you know, to not think that it's kind of my fault. >> reporter: you know it isn't. >> doesn't matter what i know. it just matters that i called them over to my house and they died. you get sucked up in a house with six people, 50 feet in the air, ripped apart, break your back and your arm and your ribs. five people that you're holding hands with die. life can't ever be the same again after that. it's too much. >> reporter: jason miller is suffering from many broken bones and fractures. but they will heal. healing emotionally may be much
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tougher. susan candiotti, cnn. >> it is so sad. let's check into some of the other stories we're following. >> anderson, as you reported at the white house president obama and the israeli prime minister netanyahu say their nations stand together in efforts to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and all the options are on the table. a short time ago, netanyahu said this. >> the story of the jewish people, the story of a powerless and stateless people who became a strong and proud nation able to defend itself. and ladies and gentlemen, israel must always reserve the right to defend itself. >> a "360 follow." victory for students in
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minnesota who critics said prevented teachers from tonight the school board approved a settlement outlining steps to approve the district's anti-bullying efforts. the six students will receive a total of $270,000. u.s. stocks fell today after china lowered its annual growth target. the dow lost 15 points. this speed boat broke down today with prince harry on board. he's in the bahamas as part of a tour celebrating the 60th anniversary of his grandmother's ascension to the throne. he got a warm welcome when he finally reached harbor island. a man sits down to dinner and gets one miraculous tortilla. ♪
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time for "the ridiculist." tonight all i can say is holy guacamole. someone found a picture of jesus on a tortilla. it happened in mexico. it all sounds delicious frankly but one of the side dishes was down right divine. >> mashed potatoes, gravy, chicken, fresh tortillas. out jesus came. same response from her, oh my god. >> oh my god is right. mashed potatoes sound awesome right about now. that guy was just about to chow down on jesus but luckily noticed the image of jesus before biting his head off. now the tortilla has his rightful place of honor in a box
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full of cotton it seems. good to have on hand when you need to display your religious icons. comes in handy if you ever need to bury a parakeet. does jesus appear exclusively in corn or flour-based mexican dishes? the answer is no. there's a whole ala cart menu. here's a jesus and mary pancake. on a side note that pancake looks slightly 84 done for my taste. the silhouette of the version mary in a dried mango. see it there? here she is in a grilled cheese sandwich. i see the person also went with cotton balls for preservation but used a plastic box instead. not as classy as the wooden box. here's a cheat toe jesus. yep, that's right. cheeto jesus. jesus sightings are not just for breakfast, lunch and dinner anymore. here he is in the wooden pattern on somebody's door. i'll give you a second try to
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pick that one out. the next one's easier to see. without a doubt it's clearly jesus on a receipt from walmart. then there's, wait for it, jesus in a dog butt. it's pretty powerful. i find it's best not to stare directly at it but kind of let it wash over you because it's easy to overlook the majesty if you get too caught up in the fact that you're looking at a dog butt. i don't quiet see it. there's the occasional dog butt but mostly it's food items on which jesus appears and it kind of seems like it happens a lot. you can take the easy way out and buy this toaster that stamps jesus right on there for you, or be patient. my advice is to start pig a whole lot more attention to your cheetos and pancakes and for tias because if you're lucky your food will say grace to you. thanks for watching. president obama met with israel lie prime minister

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